Jem and the Holograms, vol. 2: Viral

Finally! I finally got to read it. And, yes, I loved it, though maybe not quite as much as the first trade. It still manages to be a powerhouse of strong women, great body image, and style that I want to steal, shallow as that sounds.

I’ll do my best to review without giving too much away.

Now that Jem and the Holograms have gained some fame, Jerrica is stuck with all of the management work while the rest of her band mates get to have lives. Jerrica pours over her e-mails for most of this book (At one point we learn that she has 600) and struggles to manage the band, lead the band, and maintain two identities. Whenever the Holograms are asked to help, they are too busy. They have romances, classes, internships to apply for. You just can’t help but feel BAD for Jerrica.

Understandably, everyone is upset when Jerrica agrees to sign the band with the same label as The Misfits but they give in a sign contracts when Jerrica loses it over the lack of help. On the other side of things, The Misfits have been given a manager after some bad publicity and the manager has won over Pizzazz by promising to take down Jem and the Holograms. The only problem? The label has planned a tour with the Holograms opening for the Misfits.

There are a couple of cliffhangers in here that are vital to the story but would spoil it for you too. Suffice to say, I will be waiting impatiently for the next trade.


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